The current issue within the plumbing and heating industry
Its no secret that the construction market in the UK is experiencing a skills crises, which is putting pressure on sourcing qualified plumbers, bricklayers and gas and heating engineers. Indeed, it was reported by local gov that installers and contractors perceive the skills gap as being a major barrier to building new homes. With the government reporting that over 340,000 homes are needed per year until 2031 to fulfill demand, it is important to consider what can be if you are an installer with your own company or a contractor looking to source the right talent.
1. Be Proactive
2. Update your website or invest in online advertising
In order to attract the right talent it is definitely worth investing in updating your website and adding information about the services you offer, previous work that has been done, who you are and support available for young installers. This will not only improve your rankings in google and subsequent awareness, but also make you look favourable in the eyes of young talent.
To further improve visibility, you could also look to setup a location for your business on google maps and invest in pay per click advertising to make sure you are top of the search engine listings. Google provide step by step tutorials to assist you throughout this process
3. Consider innovative plumbing techniques, which don't require intensive training
The plumbing industry is evolving and there are now a range of different techniques which can be adopted that are not as labour intensive or require quite as much as skill. It is worth highlighting that they still offer the same joint security and quality as alternative methods such as soldering. However, by adopting these techniques you will attract a wider range of young installers to your business and also improve the speed of installations.
One such technique is Q&E Shrink-Fit for PEX pipes, which involves a Milwaukee Gun, pipe and fittings to put together effectively. There is no need for soldering and a plumbing joint can be constructed in a few short steps. Why not find out more by watching an installation video.
Our MLC press fit system also works in a similar way and offers an alternative for front of wall applications.
4. Diversify your talent pool
Also consider boomerangers i.e those who have worked for your business before and talent from the EU and overseas, who have setup in the UK (ensure relevant checks are made)
We hope you found this content useful and it assists you with finding the right people for your business. And if you are looking for plumbing and underfloor heating training opportunities, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org